Crisp and refreshing, this gin, grapefruit, and elderflower cocktail is an easy one to make and an even easier one to drink! 

Image of a pale pink cocktail, garnished with a fresh basil leaf. Hendricks Gin and elderflower liqueur are pictured in the background. A curl of grapefruit rind is in the foreground of the photograph.

Ben and I recently visited New Orleans. It was the first time for both of us, and honestly we didn’t really know what to expect, but we had such a fun time! We were only there for two nights so it was a bit of a whirlwind, and as you can imagine, most of the trip was centered around food. 

Obviously.

One of the best meals we had was at Gris-Gris, which was recommended by my friend Jenn. We sat at the chef’s table and had such a blast chatting with Chef Eric Cook, a USMC veteran and an amazing chef. Ben bonded with him over sharing stories of their time in the Marines, and I bonded with him over all the extra bites he was bringing us. 

We tend not to repeat restaurants if we travel to the same place more than once (I like to try as many places as possible!), but I think we’d have a really hard time not stopping into Gris-Gris for another meal. Best shrimp and grits ever. 

Image of a pale pink grapefruit cocktail with a half of a grapefruit in the background, also basil leaves are pictured.

About this Grapefruit and Elderflower Cocktail

Another thing I had at Gris-Gris was a cocktail similar to this one. On Chef Eric’s menu, it was called the Gin Brigitte. I later found out that it’s his wife’s favorite cocktail, and it was mine too. 

It’s a relatively simple cocktail consisting of gin, elderflower liqueur (St. Germain), grapefruit juice, and fresh basil.

It’s refreshing, light, and so flavorful. 

Image of gin cocktail with grapefruit juice and St. Germaine.

New to Elderflower liqueur? It’s one of my favorites! It has a lot of natural sweetness, which is perfect because you don’t need to add any extra sweetener to this cocktail. The flavor is a little hard to explain, but it’s slightly floral without being obviously floral. It’s sweet and not overpowering at all. It just adds that extra little something. Try it and you’ll see!

Image of a gin and elderflower cocktail with grapefruit.

How to make this cocktail your own

Obviously, there are a lot of things you can do with this, but here are some of my favorite ideas:

  • If you’re not a gin fan, this drink would be great with vodka as well.
  • If you don’t have basil or don’t like basil, try this with a sprig of fresh rosemary.
  • I think the elderflower liqueur adds a lot of sweetness, but if you like it a touch sweeter, try adding honey, agave, or simple syrup.
  • Don’t like grapefruit juice? Well, I’m surprised you’re still reading this, but try this great cranberry margarita, sparkling pink lemonade, or watermelon mint lemonade.
  • Like sparkles? Try adding a splash of prosecco, champagne, tonic, or soda water to this drink. 

Image of a pink grapefruit cocktail made with gin and elderflower liqueur. The drink is garnished with a fresh basil leaf.

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Image of gin cocktail with grapefruit juice and St. Germaine.

Grapefruit and Elderflower Cocktail

Yield: 1 drink
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Crisp and refreshing, this gin, grapefruit, and elderflower cocktail is an easy one to make and an even easier one to drink! 

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 ounces gin
  • 1 ounce elderflower liqueur
  • 1 ounce grapefruit juice
  • fresh basil for garnish

Instructions

  1. Shake or stir all ingredients.
  2. Pour over ice. Serve immediately, garnished with fresh basil.

Notes

  • If you're not a gin fan, this drink would be great with vodka as well.
  • If you don't have basil or don't like basil, try this with a sprig of fresh rosemary.
  • Like sparkles? Try adding a splash of prosecco, champagne, tonic, or soda water to this drink. 

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 196Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 1mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 0gSugar: 7gProtein: 0g

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Verdict: This has quickly become one of my favorite cocktails. It’s so easy to make and so refreshing!
Husband’s take: Ben typically sticks to beer or whiskey…and isn’t really a fan of grapefruit in general, so I don’t think he’s even tried this one.
Changes I would make: None are necessary at all, but have fun with some of the ideas I mentioned!
Difficulty: Very easy!